Veterans Talk about Poverty

Friday, February 03, 2012

A veteran salutes, while taps is played during the annual ceremony. (Fred Mogul)

Poverty and homelessness disproportionately effects those who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard. While the reasons are diverse — the lack of perceived skills by civilian employers, physical and psychological injuries sustained during service, a sluggish economy — the reality is undeniable: veterans make up only ten percent of the population, yet seven percent of veterans live in poverty and one in five are homeless. Of those that have served, the group hardest hit have been National Guard veterans. 

Ted Daywalt is CEO and president of VetJobs. Captain Matt Frieberg is a member of the California National Guard and veteran of the Iraq War.


Ted Daywalt and Matt Frieberg

Produced by:

Zachary Dinerstein

Comments [2]

Molly from Wilkes Barre, Pa

Only takes a minute of your time, costs you nothing! Show our veterans your support by liking this page! We're trying to make sure no Veteran has to choose between paying taxes or food/medication! They have paid with their sacrifice! We are supposed to be The Greatest Nation, we can't let this happen to our Veterans the very people who fought for us to be who we are!

Nov. 26 2012 03:46 PM

Apparently veteran unemployment was not a problem for the first two years of the Obama Administration when he had a Democratic controlled Congress.
In an election it becomes a serious issue for the President while defense spending is cut drastically.

Feb. 03 2012 10:25 AM

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